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HEMLOCK — A woman who hates spiders is crediting them with helping save her from a house fire.

Danielle Vigue, 18, says she awoke early Tuesday to find spiders in her room, and started killing them. When more showed up, she says she went across the hall and got into bed with her 15-year-old sister, Lauren.

A fire apparently was smoldering in the attic of the home about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.

A few hours later, Miss Vigue’s 48-year-old mother, Debra, and 8-year-old sister, Shelby, smelled smoke, and flames confronted the family when they opened the door to the room Miss Vigue had earlier left.

“I will never kill another spider again,” she told WNEM-TV in Saginaw.

OHIO

Teen accused of killing girlfriend’s child

CINCINNATI — A judge ruled that a teenager will be tried as an adult for the death of an 18-month-old boy he is accused of repeatedly swinging against a wall because he was frustrated with the child’s toilet training.

Derris Smith, 18, the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother, has been charged with murder. He was 17 on June 27, when authorities say he inflicted the beating that led to Malakai Glenn’s death four days later.

The boy’s mother, 20-year-old Sasha Glenn, testified Wednesday that the impact of the child hitting the wall left drywall stuck to his head and cracked a wooden door.

After the hearing, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Lipps said Mr. Smith should be tried as adult. The case will now go to a grand jury.

OREGON

Couple to wed, pick up Potter book

PORTLAND — One Oregon couple’s wedding night will be especially magical.

Courtney Lanahan, 23, and Shawn Gordon, 24, of Clackamas are heading straight from their wedding reception today to a bookstore to get the final Harry Potter book.

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